Watch Wes Anderson’s very Wes Anderson Christmas film

Created for Swedish fast fashion giant H&M, the short stars director favourite Adrien Brody

It’s that time of year again – where the world’s biggest retailers attempt to pull our heartstrings all the way into their stores with Christmas campaigns about sad old people, poor but virtuous children and homewrecking penguins. Oh, wait, actually not that last one.

Today, H&M becomes the latest to throw its hat in the ring with a campaign directed by famed visual perfectionist Wes Anderson. Set on Christmas day, it features a train (the H&M Lines Winter Express) that gets delayed by the snow, following conductor Ralph (Adrien Brody) as he prepares a festive surprise for the travellers. 

The film, named Come Together, is full of Anderson’s beloved visual quirks – symmetry, retro interiors, uniforms, precisely aligned stationary – and of course features Brody, who has previously starred on a train in The Darjeeling Limited, as well as in Anderson’s other acclaimed films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr. Fox. “This story may resonate more than ever at a time in the world where we could all do with giving a stranger a hug,” the actor commented of the short.

It’s not the first time Anderson has lent his lens to the fashion industry – back in 2013, he directed Castello Cavalcanti for Prada featuring Jason Schwartzman, and returned in 2015 to direct an ad for their fragrance Candy with Roman Coppola.

Watch Come Together above.